Room Service Without Soy

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Ashley and I are pretty resourceful when we travel. We find grocery stores and convenience stores when we need soy-free snacks. Room service and the in-room minibar, though, are more convenient and faster than finding other food. As a result, they can be great options for a busy traveler who just needs a bite to eat on the go, but is any of that food soy-free?

 While hotel food might be soy-free, it is hard to determine if room service contains soy - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

While hotel food might be soy-free, it is hard to determine if room service contains soy - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Minibar food is unlikely to be soy-free, but it's still worth checking. Since all this food is pre-packaged, the ingredients will be easy to identify. Unfortunately, the candy, crackers, and other snacks that are most frequently found as part of an in-room minibar are highly likely to contain soy given their processed nature. You might get lucky and find something soy-free, but we recommend not counting on it. Make sure you have a backup snack on hand, or know where you get a quick bite to eat nearby.

Room service is a little trickier because the ingredients are much harder to determine. It is very rare for allergens to be identified on the room service menu, and since there isn't really a server, it is more work to ask for an allergen menu. If you are interested in room service, you could look up the hotel restaurant's allergen menu online (if they have one) or call the front desk and ask for an allergen menu.

 The challenge to find an allergen menu in the hotel - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

The challenge to find an allergen menu in the hotel - IMAGE VIA PEXELS

Either of these options will help you find a soy-free menu item to enjoy. However, we always opt to find a nearby restaurant instead, mainly because it feels so difficult to go through all the steps necessary to find a soy-free room service menu item. We'd rather spend our energy finding a soy-free option at a nearby restaurant than sitting in the hotel room.

It is possible for hotel food, both room service and in the minibar, to be soy-free, but it is relatively unlikely. Try to keep your expectations low. You might be pleasantly surprised, but make sure that you have another option to eat if it doesn't work out.