Michael Voltaggio’s Live-Tweeting of the Super Bowl Was Better Than the Actual Super Bowl

02/03/2014 at 11:29 AM ET

Jessica Alba
Courtesy Michael Voltaggio; Inset: WireImage

Sunday night’s 43-8 Super Bowl may have been one of the least riveting games ever, but at least we had some good entertainment in between commercials: former Top Chef champ Michael Voltaggio’s hysterical live-tweeting of the food, beer and $20 hot chocolate.

Voltaggio (@mvoltaggio), who owns Ink. restaurant in Los Angeles, showed off his Twitter chops from the stands last night, using dry, matter-of-fact captions and letting his photos, like these two, speak for themselves.

Although nothing served in the stands was quite as exciting as the deep-fried Monte Cristo burger he introduced last week, Voltaggio scored big yuks among his 200,000-plus Twitter followers stating the obvious about the various stadium snacks.

Not surprisingly, high food prices were a theme of the night. Voltaggio photographed signs of some of the more outrageous ones, including hot chocolate ($11 for a small, and $20 for a large), a Mrs. Fields cookie ($7), and a plate of nachos ($12).

Then there were the beer pictures.

Like this moody, pulled-back shot of the chef holding a bottle:

These cans that were left in the bathroom:

Voltaggio double-fisting at his seat—first, the Miller Lite:

Then, the Bud Light:

The Bud Light shot is the only time we get a clue of Voltaggio’s possible Broncos loyalty, thanks to a flash of orange fabric. At no point does he say who he’s rooting for, though he does acknowledge the moment things turned for the Broncos:

Finally, Voltaggio closes with a dramatic shot of the stadium and fesses up to leaving 20 minutes early to fight the crowds. A follower responds, “Leaving early to avoid traffic? You are now a true Angeleno ;-).”

Hey, Michael—want to live-tweet the Oscars for us?

—Lexi Dwyer

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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