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I Regret to Inform You Scott Walker’s “Veggie Pizza” Is a Real Thing in the Midwest

Plus, a bird that hit the curry a little too hard, and more news to start your day

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Scott Walker’s veggie pizza.
Photo: Scott Walker

Scott Walker introduces Twitter to Midwestern delicacy “veggie pizza”

Scott Walker, the Republican former governor of Wisconsin and short-lived 2016 presidential candidate, drew attention on Twitter this weekend for his photo of veggie pizza — or, to be more precise, what appears to be a flat rectangle of dough smeared in ranch dressing and topped with broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, and unmelted shredded cheese.

Walker’s tweet was immediately ratioed by thousands of Twitter users objecting to the food itself — “that’s a salad on a pita,” one person wrote — as well as the former governor’s use of the word “pizza” to describe it.

Now, Walker generally deserves any ire lobbed his way, whether it’s for his blatantly false explanation of abortion or his final acts as governor, but in this case, it’s worth noting that veggie pizza is a real culinary concoction in the Midwest, consisting of crescent roll dough baked into rectangles and topped with cream cheese mixed with mayonnaise or salad dressing, diced raw vegetables, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s generally served cold as an appetizer, often seen at graduation parties and summer get-togethers in such states as Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Whether or not the Midwestern delicacy is actually good — or should be called “pizza” — is another story.

And in other news…

  • Lionsgate is officially killing its Times Square entertainment complex, which would have included a Mad Men-inspired restaurant with 1960s decor, as well as a Hunger Games-branded food court. [Variety]
  • José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen was on site to distribute meals in the aftermath of the California earthquakes this weekend. [@WCKitchen]
  • Amazon has been ordered to pause its $575 million investment in the UK food delivery startup Deliveroo while UK regulators decide whether or not that deal counts as a takeover. [CNN]
  • Also across the pond, 40 percent of people in the UK have started stockpiling supplies in fear of shortages as the UK prepares to leave the European Union without a Brexit deal, with the most commonly hoarded item being food. [Insider]
  • What Tour de France riders eat during the race: a whole lot of rice cakes, energy drinks, and gels. [AP]
  • A bright orange-colored bird found stranded on a British highway was not, contrary to its appearance, an exotic zoo escapee, or an illegal tropical pet, or a small phoenix — turns out he was just an ordinary seagull that had somehow gotten covered in curry or turmeric. [Washington Post]

This is one of the strangest casualty circumstances we have seen in a while! This bright-orange herring gull was rescued...

Posted by Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2019

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