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Trending at Whole Foods Market: The TTLA

Updated February 20, 2018

The TTLA vegan sandwich

If you haven’t heard the buzz about the TTLA yet, you’re definitely missing out. The TTLA (tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado) is a vegan take on the classic BLT sandwich. All the hype started on December 30, when Tabitha Brown posted this video of her reaction to trying this new vegan sandwich. She fell in love, and so did we!
 

The #TTLAChallenge

Within a week, Tabitha’s video surpassed 1 million views, spawning the #TTLAChallenge. People are heading out to their local Whole Foods Market to seek out the sandwich, capture their own TTLA sandwich-eating experiences, and post their photos and videos on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Vegans and non-vegans alike are joining in on the TTLA love!

 

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The TTLA Origin Story

Dennis Horton created this famed sandwich (formally titled the Smoky TTLA) for Whole Foods Market in Santa Monica, CA. Aiming to develop a plant-based vegan sandwich option, he looked to the classic BLT for inspiration. He says the tempeh bacon paired with vegan garlic aioli, crisp lettuce and a couple juicy tomato slices creates a uniquely delicious combination of flavors.
 

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Sounds delicious. I want to try one!

Below you’ll find a list of stores by state that currently carry the Smoky TTLA sandwich, with more stores to come! Find your store.
 
If your local Whole Foods Market doesn’t offer the sandwich, but you’re desperate to take part in the #TTLAChallenge, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the basic recipe, but feel free to mix it up and make it your own:

 

Smoky TTLA Sandwich Recipe

  1. Start by spreading a generous serving of vegan garlic aioli over a slice of ciabatta bread. To create the spread, we begin with Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo and add in a little slow-roasted garlic and lemon juice.
  2. Get your hands on some Lightlife Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips, or even make your own tempeh bacon from slices of tempeh and a homemade marinade. Fry a few strips on the stove or bake them in the oven.
  3. Layer in tomato slices, lettuce and avocado. (Pickles optional but recommended!)
  4. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper, and you’re good to go.
  5. Snap a picture, share a video or just delight in this simple, fresh sandwich.
CANADA
Lansdowne Park | Leaside | Oakville | Square One Mississauga | Unionville | Yonge and Sheppard | Yorkville
 
ALABAMA
Hoover | Huntsville | Mobile | Montgomery | Mountain Brook 
 
ARIZONA
Camelback | Chandler | Flagstaff | Oracle | Paradise Valley | River Road | Scottsdale | Sedona | Speedway | Tempe
 
ARKANSAS
Bowman | Fayetteville
 
CALIFORNIA
2001 Market Street | 23rd & Wilshire Blvd | 3rd & Fairfax | Arroyo | Berkeley | Beverly Hills | Blithedale | Blossom Hill | Brea | Brentwood | Campbell | Capitola | Coddingtown | Cupertino | Del Mar | Downtown Los Angeles | Dublin | Folsom | Franklin | Fremont | Fresno | Gilman | Glendale | Haight Street | Hillcrest | Huntington Beach | Irvine | Jamboree | Lafayette | Laguna Beach | Laguna Niguel | La Jolla | Long Beach | Los Altos | Los Gatos | Mill Valley | Montana Avenue | Monterey | Napa | Newport Beach | Noe Valley | Novato | Oakland | Ocean | Oxnard | Palo Alto | Petaluma | Plaza El Segundo | Palm Desert | Pasadena | Playa Vista | Potrero Hill | Northridge | Redondo Beach | Redwood City | Roseville | Sacramento | San Jose | San Mateo | San Rafael | San Ramon | San Luis Obispo | Santa Barbara | Santa Clara | Santa Cruz | Santa Rosa | Sebastopol | Sherman Oaks | Sherman Oaks West | SoMa | Sonoma | Tarzana | Thousand Oaks | Torrance | Valencia | Venice | Walnut Creek | West Hollywood | West Los Angeles | Westwood | Woodland Hills | Ygnacio Valley Road
 
CONNECTICUT
Danbury | Darien | Fairfield | Greenwich | Milford | Westport
 
COLORADO
Belmar | Bradburn | Cherry Creek | Colfax | Colorado Boulevard | Fort Collins | Frisco | Governor’s Ranch | Highlands Ranch | Ideal Market | Longmont | Pearl | Pikes Peak | Roaring Fork | SouthGlenn | Superior | Tamarac | Union Station | Washington Park
 
GEORGIA
Avalon | Buckhead | Briarcliff | Chamblee | Johns Creek | Kennesaw | Merchants Walk | Ponce de Leon | Sandy Springs | Savannah
 
HAWAII
Honolulu | Kailua | Maui
 
IDAHO
Boise
 
ILLINOIS
Chicago Edgewater | Deerfield | DePaul | Downtown Evanston | Elmhurst | Englewood | Gold Coast | Green Bay Road | Halsted and Waveland | Hinsdale | Hyde Park | Kildeer | Lakeview | Lincoln Park | Naperville | Northbrook | Orland Park | Park Ridge | River Forest | Sauganash | Schaumburg | South Loop | Streeterville | West Loop | Wheaton | Willowbrook
 
INDIANA
Carmel | Eighty-Sixth Street | Mishawaka | Schererville
 
IOWA
West Des Moines
 
KANSAS
91st and Metcalf | 119th St | Olathe | Wichita
 
MAINE
Portland
 
MARYLAND
Annapolis |  Bethesda | Columbia 
 
MASSACHUSETTS
Dedham | Brighton | Brookline | Jamaica Plain | Charlestown | South End | Charles River Plaza | Symphony
 
MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor | Birmingham | Cranbrook | East Lansing | Detroit | Rochester Hills | West Bloomfield
 
MINNESOTA 
Edina | Hennepin | Lake Calhoun | Maple Grove | Minnetonka | St Paul | Woodbury
 
MISSISSIPPI
Jackson
 
MISSOURI
Central West End | Galleria | Town and Country
 
NEBRASKA
Lincoln | Omaha
 
NEW MEXICO
Academy | Indian School Plaza | Santa Fe
 
LOUISIANA
Ambassador Caffery | Arabella Station | Baton Rouge | Broad Street | Mandeville | Shreveport | Veterans
 
NEVADA
Fort Apache | Henderson | Las Vegas Blvd | Reno | Tenaya
 
NEW JERSEY
Cherry Hill | Closter | Marlton | Marlboro | Middletown | Millburn-Union | Princeton | Spring Lake Wall | West Orange
 
NEW YORK
Albany | Brooklyn | Buffalo | Bryant Park | Harlem | Jericho | Lake Grove | Manhasset | Port Chester | Union Square | Upper East Side | Upper West Side | White Plains | Yonkers
 
NORTH CAROLINA
Asheville | Cary | Chapel Hill | Charlotte | Durham | Greensboro Friendly | Lake Norman | North Raleigh | Raleigh | Waverly | West Cary | Wilmington | Winston-Salem
 
OHIO
Chagrin | Cincinnati | Mason
 
OKLAHOMA
Brookside | Oklahoma City | Yale
 
OREGON
Bend | Bridgeport | Eugene | Fremont | Greenway | Hollywood | Laurelhurst | Pearl District Portland | Tanasbourne
 
PENNSYLVANIA
Exton | Glen Mills | Philly Center City
 
SOUTH CAROLINA
Charleston | Columbia | Greenville | Hilton Head Island
 
TENNESSEE
Chattanooga | Germantown | Green Hills | Knoxville | McEwen | Poplar Avenue
 
TEXAS
Addison | Alamo Quarry | Arbor Trails | Arlington TX | Bee Cave | Bellaire | Champions | Cityline | Colleyville | Domain | El Paso | Fairview| Forest | Fort Worth | Gateway | Highland Park | Highland Village | Katy | Kirby | Lakewood | Lamar | Las Colinas | Montrose | Park Lane | Plano | Post Oak | Sugar Land | Uptown Dallas | Vineyard | Voss | Westchase | The Woodlands
 
UTAH
Canyon Corners | Cottonwood Heights | Sugar House | Trolley Square
 
VIRGINIA
Arlington | Fair Lakes | Pentagon City | Newport News | Old Town | Reston | Springfield | Short Pump | Tysons | Vienna | Virginia Beach
 
WASHINGTON
Bellevue | Bellingham Lakeway | Chambers Bay | Interbay | Lynnwood | Mill Plain | Redmond | Roosevelt Square | Westlake
 
WISCONSIN
Madison | Milwaukee | Wauwatosa
 

Coming Soon!

CANADA
Cambie | Kitsilano | North Burnaby | Robson | Victoria | West Vancouver 
 
NEW JERSEY
Clark | Edgewater | Metuchen | Montclair | Morristown | Newark | Paramus | Ridgewood | Rose City 
 
NEW YORK
Bowery | Bryant Park | Chelsea | Columbus Circle | Midtown East | Tribeca | Union Square | Williamsburg