A Monthly Advice Column

This month: guest columnist Steven Yeun

Dear Sedaratives,
When did sweet-potato fries become all the rage? Are they really better than normal french fries?

Los Angeles, Calif.

Dear Brian,
Whoa, whoa, whoa. I wouldn’t go crazy and call anything better than anything else. Especially when it comes to fries. French fries have been around for as long as I can remember, which is roughly about twenty-eight years, or the beginning of time. I think sweet-potato fries, at the current juncture, are merely making a strong statement of their existence. They are saying, “Yo! I’m made from a different kind of potato and I’m here to stay! You can snack on me however you want; any which way!” (It’s a known fact that all sweet potatoes have the cadence, flair, and in-yo-face politeness of early-’80s rappers.) Let me elaborate: sweet-potato fries are like the Choco Tacos of fries, and regular fries are like actual tacos. You don’t want Choco Tacos all the time in place of regular tacos; it’s too much choco. If you don’t get my reference then you must not have had a childhood or you are from space.


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Steven Yeun is an actor, writer, and improviser. Currently he can be seen on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Formerly, he was seen as first violin, last chair in the Troy High School Concert Orchestra. He quit.

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