The Secret Ingredients of an Inspired French Bakery in Bend

Chef Di Long was no stranger to running a restaurant by the time she opened La Magie Bakery and Café in downtown Bend, at the age of 35. Long grew up in a family of Central Oregon restauranteurs but departed from her Asian cooking background after studying European baking with expert Marda Stoliar at her International School of Baking in Bend. Long was inspired to dive into traditional French baking. One look at the case of patisseries at the entry to La Magie is evidence of the French connection with not only cookies and cakes, but pot de crème, tarts, mousse, and Long’s favorite pastry to bake, eclairs.

The interior of the café is warm and cozy with an expanded second room of hideaways and floor-to-ceiling windows. A fireplace burns on a wall made of rustic unfinished logs. “We wanted to make customers feel at home, as if they were having coffee in their living room,” says Long. Coffee, breakfast and sandwiches are served all day, along with from-scratch, savory internationally-inspired baked goods such as samosas and empanadas.

And what’s in a name? La Magie is French for “The Magic,” Long says. “Friends and family ask me what I put in the products, and I always tell them a little magic, and a lot of love.”

La Magie Bakery and Café

945 NW Bond Street, Bend

LaMagieCafe.com

PULL QUOTE: “Friends and family ask me what I put in the products, and I always tell them a little magic, and a lot of love.”—Di Long