The benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet have long been touted by many medical studies. As reported in The New York Times in February, new research concluded that about a third of heart attacks, strokes and heart disease could be prevented by switching to a cuisine "rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables." Whether you're looking to improve your eating habits or just add some variety, the new Sabzee Mediterranean Market in Encino offers a chance to explore a healthful -- and pretty delicious -- world of food.
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We popped in unannounced the other day to check out the market, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The place is bright, airy and immaculate, with a friendly staff. There are large bins of produce, shelves filled with intriguing cooking ingredients from around the world, a bustling bread bakery, desserts, daily specials of prepared hot foods, a deli with rows of colorful salads. It's no wonder the outside patio has become a go-to San Fernando Valley destination for lunch.More »