Go to the main content Menu
Back
Food & Drink Los Angeles
Cayla White Cayla White

Black-Owned Vegan Business Spotlight: T&T Lifestyle

If you’re a fan of attending vegan festivals and pop-ups, you may have had the privilege of ordering from T&T Lifestyle over the last couple years.

 

RELATED: Vegan Ethiopian Spot Opens in West Los Angeles


Join VegUP and Using My Privilege to take a stand against racism. Click here to learn more and donate now.

 

Owners and married couple Tete and Bicko have quickly been making names for themselves in the vegan pop-up scene with their unique niche of the market: vegan Ethiopian food.

Since their debut at Smorgasburg last year, their popularity has grown exponentially, and their presence in the vegan community has been a welcome breath of fresh air and new, explosive flavors.

T&T Lifestyle

How It Began

It all started about seven years ago, when Bicko looked at the gorgeous breakfast spread that Tete had laid out and decided that he would encourage her to become a chef.

Just a couple short years later, the beginnings of T&T Lifestyle was born, sandwiched between culinary school, downtown farmers markets, and a busy catering schedule.

The goal of T&T has always been to showcase authentic Ethiopian food while staying true to three core values of food: presentation, flavor, and variety.

And if you’ve ever tried their dishes, you know they’ve exceeded these values.

The Flavors

Tete describes her food as “nurturing, comforting, healthy, and happy,” and the proof is in the flavors.

If you ask Tete, her favorite dish that she’s created is the Garbanzo Bean Scramble, which is a delicious breakfast option for those seeking light and gluten-free fare.

If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly on the hunt for the next best vegan tacos in the game, and T&T has been a reigning favorite. Made from a whole foods mixture of lentils, mushrooms, and potatoes, these tacos are the perfect balance of soft, savory, and spicy, and you can taste the small-batch, homestyle flavors in every bite.

Not a taco fan? Order the Ethiopian Twist Sliders, which have a similar taste profile to a vegan sloppy joe without the heaviness. The secret powerhouse on these sliders is Tete’s original “Tangfaye Sauce,” which is a house-made creation that tastes like a precise mixture of heaven and bliss. Tete plans to bottle and sell the sauce in grocery stores.

What you absolutely must try—the Superfood Combo. This dish showcases some of the top foods and flavors of a traditional Ethiopian diet like lentils, garbanzo beans, and marinated greens. The result is a plate full of warm and complimentary flavors, with plenty of Teff Injera (a spongy and gluten-free flatbread) with which to sop it all up!

Where to Find T&T Lifestyle

Since no one is quite sure when pop-ups will start again, T&T recently acquired a lease at the Colony in West LA and plans to continue running their business from that space.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Colony’s concept, think of it as a pre-loaded food court where small businesses and pop-ups can rent fully equipped kitchens, saving them the time, money, and investment backing that is often required when starting a brick-and-mortar.

Several other vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants now call the Colony home, and T&T is happy to join their ranks.

When Smorgasburg and other vegan pop-ups start running again, you can be sure to find T&T there as well. To them, nothing beats seeing the community come out to support them and try new flavors.

In the meantime, give them a follow on Instagram at @tandtlifestyle to view drool-worthy pictures of their food and to keep up with weekly specials (vegan cinnamon rolls, anyone?).

 

Feature image photo credit: @vegana.ventures on Instagram

Cayla White

@cayla__white

Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.

Must-have products: Trader Joe’s Tangerine Juice, Miyoko’s Vegan Butter, Chef Hak’s Plant-Based Caesar Dressing, Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce

Articles by Cayla

More from VegOut

See the article 10 vegan chocolate chip brands perfect for baking

10 Vegan Chocolate Chip Brands Perfect for Baking

These dairy-free chocolate chips were made for cookies, waffles, muffins, and more.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Pascha Chocolate
Food & Drink
See the article 12 vegan beauty gifts to shop this holiday season

12 Vegan Beauty Gifts to Shop This Holiday Season

Deck the halls with boughs of vegan beauty gifts!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Fleur & Bee
Fashion & Beauty
See the article sustainably and carefully sourced ingredients set this native american-owned vegan bakery apart

Sustainably and Carefully Sourced Ingredients Set This Native American-Owned Vegan Bakery Apart

Place an order from Wholesome Bakery in honor of Native American Heritage Month!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Wholesome Bakery
Food & Drink
See the article 8 vegan bakeries in los angeles

8 Vegan Bakeries in Los Angeles

Stock up for the holidays at these sweet stops!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
Just What I Kneaded
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article 11 best cruelty-free, vegan laundry detergents

11 Best Cruelty-Free, Vegan Laundry Detergents

Elevate your laundry day with these plant-based brands.

Tammie Ortlieb Tammie Ortlieb
Seventh Generation
Shopping
See the article pomona’s first all-vegetarian spot borreguitas serves traditional mexican dishes

Pomona’s First All-Vegetarian Spot Borreguitas Serves Traditional Mexican Dishes

This powerful story highlights how the Torres family turned their 15-year-old restaurant into Pomona’s first vegetarian spot!

Alejandra Tolley Alejandra Tolley
Borreguitas
Food & Drink Los Angeles
See the article 10 vegan ice cream brands that ship nationwide

10 Vegan Ice Cream Brands That Ship Nationwide

From sorbet bars and gelato to ice cream sandwiches and cones, these desserts hit the spot!

Allie Mitchell Allie Mitchell
SorBabes
Food & Drink
See the article the best store-bought vegan whipped cream brands

The Best Store-Bought Vegan Whipped Cream Brands

Elevate your plant-based desserts with these dairy-free whipped toppings.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Food & Drink
See the article the best store-bought vegan stuffing

The Best Store-Bought Vegan Stuffing

These festive, plant-based side dishes were made for inclusive holiday dinners.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Pepperidge Farm
Food & Drink
See the article 13 vegan thanksgiving items from trader joe’s

13 Vegan Thanksgiving Items from Trader Joe’s

Check out these Trader Joe’s plant-based favorites for Thanksgiving 2022.

Anja Grommons Anja Grommons
Trader Joe's
Food & Drink
See the article beyond meat teams up with american cancer society to advance cancer research

Beyond Meat Teams up with American Cancer Society to Advance Cancer Research

The multi-year agreement will aim to advance research on plant-based meat and cancer prevention.

Cayla White
Beyond Meat
News
See the article pinky cole’s book tour is coming to los angeles next week

Pinky Cole’s Book Tour Is Coming to Los Angeles Next Week

The Pinky Cole Experience Tour will be making a stop at The Regent Theatre in DTLA this Monday, November 21.

Cayla White
Pinky Cole
News Los Angeles

Newsletter

We’ll keep you updated on new information,
upcoming events, and the best deals in your area.

By signing up you agree to receive emails from VegOut Magazine
and accept our terms of use, privacy policy, and cookie policy.

Subscribe Now

Get the latest in plant-based news, entertainment, and lifestyle delivered straight to your door (or inbox!)
Order the magazine!

Navigation

Subscribe Now

Order the magazine!
Close

Filters

Cities

The Most

Writer

Test

Test 2

ddd